“Kiss My Mask” House Republicans Show Of Defiance In Face Of Fines

Reminded of the House rules, Lauren Boebert tweeted a defiant “kiss my mask” Thursday rather than comply with regulations placed to protect her fellow members of Congress. Several of her colleagues agree that they’d rather pay the $500 fine than simply mask up.

[Photo via Marjorie Taylor Greene/Twitter]

According to the Washington Post, Congress’ attending physician Brian Monahan has said the mask requirement won’t be lifted “until all Members and floor staff are fully vaccinated.โ€

There’s no sign that will happen soon. Several Republican members are virulently anti-vax, and when several were hit with fines for failing to mask up, and others were sent warning letters, they hit social media with performative displays of defiance.

Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) actually filmed herself putting the warning letter through a paper shredder.

Meanwhile, Lauren Boebert (R-CO) shared a Fox News story on the fines, adding that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) “can kiss my mask.”

“Worth it!” tweeted Beth Van Duyne (R-TX), adding a flame emoji, to show her contempt for the rule and the consequence of failing to follow it.

Brian Mast (R-FL) called the fine a display of power, rather than science.

A group of Republicans came together Tuesday to boast that they were having a “peaceful protest” by refusing to wear masks.

At this time, Mast and Van Duyne, along with Mariannette Miller-Meeks (R-IA) and Ralph Norman (R-SC) have been issued $500 fines, and could face higher fines for further violations. Boebert, Greene, and others including Chip Roy (R-TX), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Bob Good (R-VA), Thomas Massie (R-KY) and Mary Miller (R-IL) have all been issued warnings, and may face fines if they continue to flout the rules.

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